I know I know, it’s too early for Christmas – how can it possibly be the middle of November already? Where did a year go? Oh well I suppose there is no point wasting time and energy worry about what we can not change, a year that has flown by is truly in the past lets move forward with ‘spirit’, holiday spirit that is. Its time to get our holiday glamour and festive spirit on! A fabulous little black dress is just that, a little black dress until you add the bling and that what we need to add to our homes in order to bring on the festive season, a little or a lot of bling.
Who doesn’t love a new party dress? Who doesn’t love a few new decorations for the house? There are a lot of fabulous Christmas decorations in our favorite stores right now so there’s no excuse for not creating the tree and the Christmas décor that we dream of. But before you run off with your visa lets put together a shopping list that’s designed to bring glamorous Christmas décor to our homes.
Start with a palette, I think its best to embrace your currant colour palette and simply bling it up a notch, this way the festive touches will feel as if they belong at home. For example if you currently live with a palette of taupe, cream, merlot and accents of silver then we’ll stick with this when we are shopping for holiday glamour. The tree could be an all cream masterpiece or you could do a cream and brown au natural (have you seen the feathered balls?) with a matt silver. Need a new tree? You’re definitely in luck this year if you are shopping for a faux tree as there is a plethora of great options available. For a chic modern feel consider an upside down tree, this is also a great option for on top of a dining table. If you have a lot of space, consider a row of three or five matching trees lined up along a window wall or for a large room group three similar trees of varying heights. The tree itself could be a faux white or you could opt for a real tree and using spray paint (before you drag the tree into the house) spray the tips of the branches with a cream or silver spray paint. Too easy, too sexy! Carry these ideas to the fireplace mantel, the foyer with a coordinating wreath and pots of boughs and balls that flank the door.
Keep the glamour going with loads and extra large grouped arrangements of candles. Place the grouping on trays or wall mirrors laid flat, maintain your colour theme but glam it up with a bed of boughs under the candles , Christmas brooches pinned to the front of the pillar candles and decorations scattered amongst the arrangement. Add lots of peppermint or orange and/or cinnamon essential oil to the top of the candles to help scent the room. Now that puts us in a festive mood!
It is truly, all in the details! From the canapés to the centerpiece to the Christmas cookie scented soap in the powder room – no detail can be sparred for an unforgettable holiday season. May your season be festive and fabulous!
Make your own Chocolate bark to serve to friends when they drop over for a holiday visit. Melt bars of your favorite chocolate, remove from heat and stir in pieces of dried apricots, cherries and roasted almond or pecans and a tiny pinch of moldan salt, pour onto wax paper and put in the fridge to cool. When completely cooled and hardened break into pieces and store in an airtight container-yummy!